Holywell Green Buildings
Fountain pond, castle facade and mansion at Brooklands, late 19th century, photographer unknown. Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service Calderdale, SHA148/3.
In the 18th century the Shaw family of textile merchants operated out of the magnificent Piece Hall in Halifax. By the end of the century a new mill had been established at Holywell Green near Stainland, outside Halifax. It was greatly extended in the second half of the 19th century by Samuel Shaw, who also built a new family home nearby, which he called Brooklands. The house was almost ready for occupation in the autumn of 1868 and the grounds were being laid out at the same date. The landscaping included a pond with fountain and a series of 3 curious towers linked by a wall. The Halifax Courier described the scene in 1877, noting that the three towers gave ‘the impression that a castle of somewhat imposing dimensions’ overshadowed the grounds.
Aviaries in the grounds of Brooklands, late 19th century, photographer unknown. Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale, SHA141/1.
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